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Mariners Moose Tracks, 12/7/17: Shohei Ohtani, Shohei Ohtani, and Shohei Ohtani

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Minnesota Twins v Boston Red Sox
Henry Owens: a future flow bro?
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Onto the daily Shohei Ohtani.

In Shohei Ohtani/Mariners News:

David Banuelos was the Mariners’ last dyed-in-the-wool catching prospect, and this reduces the level of catching in the organization to [honking noises], but there is some good news on the horizon: the 2018 draft is especially rich with backstops, including top HS prospect Will Banfield, Georgia Tech’s Joey Bart, and power-hitting gunslinger Noah Naylor, brother of Padres prospect Josh Naylor. While pitching is always a concern for the org, I really hope they will take advantage of the glut of talent catching available this year. Meanwhile, the Mariners have an additional cool million to use either for Ohtani or for some of the international prospects still on the market.

  • That is, assuming there will still be some around, and that the Royals haven’t signed them all:

Around the League:

  • The Red Sox placed LHP Henry Owens on waivers after a disappointing Arizona Fall League season. Owens, owner of a 5.25 FIP in Triple-A Pawtucket last year, was trying out a new arm slot in the AFL, and things went...poorly. A 6-foot-7 lefty and 36th overall pick who charged into the minors getting groundballs and striking guys out, Owens saw his control disintegrate and FIP rise as he got to the upper minors, and yet the Red Sox continued to promote him. Owens feels like a Dipoto reclamation project. It’ll be interesting to see if the team takes a swipe at the 25-year-old.
  • The wildfires in California are devastating. One ex-MLB player is on the front lines:

Kate’s pick:

Tear down all the statues of Confederate generals and replace them with this: